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Don’t Worry Darling Explained: Was the Movie Messed?

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Alice - Don't Worry Darling

Last Updated on September 27, 2022 by OtakuKart Staff

With different twists and turns in the movie Don’t Worry Darling, It makes it hard for some viewers to follow up all around. But no worries we decided to explain each and every element of the movie Don’t Worry Darling in brief to you guys.

Don’t Worry Darling is a thriller psychological American film directed by American actress and filmmaker Olivia Wilde. The story of the movie, Don’t Worry Darling is based on the storyline written by Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke, and Silberman. The movie came from the screenplay by Katie Silberman. 

Don’t Worry Darling premiered on September 5 in, 2022 at the 79th Venice International Film Festival. After that, Worner Bros. Pictures released the film all around the US on September 23, 2022. The reviews of the film were mixed from different critics. According to some critics, the performance of Florence Pugh, the cinematography, and the production design are good, but at the same time, the writing and direction of Harry Styles’s performance are below average.

General Plot Of Don’t Worry Darling

Don’t Worry Darling uses a common move trope where most of the film seems to be one thing, then there is a twist that completely changes everything up until that point. This is similar in theory to movies like The Matrix or the Sixth Sense. Don’t Worry Darling placed some time into the 1950s and centered around the victory project out in the desert in California. It’s the brainchild of a doctor who goes by Frank in the film, as well as his partner Dr. Collins.

Victory seems like a Utopian Community with the men going to work every morning while the women cook, clean, hang out by the pool, and go shopping. The rule in the Victory Community is that no one is allowed to go to the victory headquarters except Victory Project Employees, namely the men.

The Victory Project is actually a lie in fact everything in the movie e is a lie. The main couple in the film is Alice Chamber portrayed by Florence Pugh and her husband Jack Chamber portrayed by Harry Styles. Alice’s friend and neighbor Margaret Watkins, portrayed by KiKi Layne, seemingly goes crazy after seeing a red plane in the sky that appeared to crash in the desert. 

Harry Styles

Margaret – Don’t Worry Darling

When Margaret goes out to investigate with her young son, she sees something in that desert, But her son never makes it back, and he has been missing ever since. The red plane seemed to crash near Victory Headquarters, which means Margaret went to the one area she was not supposed to venture into. Margaret’s husband tries to get her to take some pills to calm her down, but she refuses.

A few days later, Alice sees the same plane appearing to crash in the desert and Venture out towards Victory Headquarters even going as far as to touch the building, causing her to black out and wake up in her own home with her husband acting as though nothing had happened. Shortly after, Alice sees Margaret on the roof of Margaret’s house and watches Margaret slit her own throat and then fall to the ground. Some men come to take the body away while other men Alice remove her from this scene. Throughout the film, Alice hallucinates crazy or life-threatening situations, such as the walls closing in on her, which is somewhat similar to what was happening to Margaret.

Alice holds a dinner party where Frank reveals that Alice went to the Victory Headquarters and then challenges her to undermine him. Alice confronts Frank but ends up looking crazy to the other dinner guests. Once everyone leaves, Alice seems to convince her husband Jack to leave the community, but instead, he arranges to have her taken away by the same type of people who took Margaret’s body away.

Alice is given shock therapy treatment and seems to return home with memory issues but is generally back to normal. It’s at this point, near the end of the film, that the twist I finally revealed. None of these people are living in the California desert. In reality, this all takes place in Cyberspace, so to speak. It’s a virtual reality world similar in nature to the virtual world of Matrix. But let’s take a step back to explain it all from the beginning.

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The Real World

In the real world, it’s modern times, Jack and Alice are married and live together in a small apartment. Alice is a doctor who was referred to Dr. Warren, meaning their last name isn’t actually Chambers. Jack lost his job and basically sits at home listing to podcasts and conspiracy theories. 

The relationship regaining to deteriorate because they can not afford a nice place to live and their current apartment is so run down it doesn’t even have hot water at times. Alice is clearly not with her life, and Jack is just leeching off of Alice at this point. Jack is not a bad guy, but he is lazy and just wants to put in the work to find a job or even improve his marriage. Jack can’t even be bothered to shave.

Harry Styles

Frank – Don’t Worry Darling

Enter Frank’s podcast about Victory, a virtual world in which everything is perfect. At least for the men. If you join Frank’s Victory program, you go back to the 1950s when ruled the world and women, quote unquote, knew their place. Once Jack has made up his mind to follow Frank into the virtual world of Victory, he drugs Alice and places her in a medically indices coma-like state. Jack attaches Alice to a virtual reality device with her eyelids wide open and an I.V in her arm to provide nutrients and keep her alive.

Hemispherical Synchronization

Alice sees a number of visualization as she enters the VR realm. This is to put her in a hemispheric synchronization which is similar to hypnosis but essentially allows the brain to enter very deep sleep and enhances Lucid dreaming. This is required to make Alice think the Virtual Reality world is actually real. Alice sees these images periodically throughout the movie as her brain tries to make sense of what’s going on in the real world. This is also potentially what happens with the red plane that both Alice and Margaret see. It’s not one hundred percent exactly what the plane represents but we have a few theories. 

Harry Styles

Alice – Don’t Worry Darling

During a medically induced, coma the brain will cause few people to dream about things that are happening around them in the real world. For instance, one case study saw that a person dreamed about Alaska despite never having been to or ever having a desire to travel there. The reason for this is because Doctors in the real world were giving her ice packs to bring down her fever.

This person’s brain translated the cold from the ice packs into her being in Alaska. Something similar could happen with Alice, Margaret, and the red plane. As well as various hallucinations they suffered. When it comes to the red plane specifically, their brain could be subconsciously leading them to the exit or simply plane flying overhead in the real world, and their brains are visualizing that in their lucid dream state. Or what we think is potentially the most likely reasoning behind the plane is that Shelley, Frank’s wife is the culprit.

It’s possible that Shelley has programmed the plane to lead these women out of the program, effectively freeing them from this virtual prison. The synchronistic nature of the ballet class all the women attended and the imaginary Alice kept to keep her in this hemispheric synchronization state to keep the women thinking the simulation was real.

Don’t Worry Darling Ending Explained

Alice kills Jack in the Virtual world which also kills him in the real world. This concept is very similar to Matrix and that because the world is so realistic, it tricks the brain into thinking it’s real. So if you die or get injured in the simulation, your brain thinks that you really died or were injured and ceases to function this stems from a deep-rooted psychosocial conditioning or psychosomatic Association of the people and the Victory Program, which is difficult to override, especially for the women who never get to leave the program. As you can see, there is a lot to reconstruct in Don’t Worry Darling, but hopefully, you will have a better understanding of the movie and the real-world concepts the movie is based on.

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